Dutch Postcode Lottery gives five green start-ups a chance to break through with annual competition

A €500,000 financial injection. This is what is at stake in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions in the field of sustainability innovation. LettUs Grow from the UK, Reverse Resources from Estonia, AlgiKnit from the USA, and The Great Bubble Barrier and AquaBattery from the Netherlands are the five start-ups that have reached the finals and will compete for first prize. On 13 September, they will present their business plans to an international jury, the press and the public in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the final, it will be announced which start-up will go home with the grand prize of €500,000. The runner-up will receive €200,000. The other finalists will win €100,000 each.


Bill Clinton, former President of the United States and international ambassador of the Postcode Lottery, visited the new office building of the Charity Lotteries in Amsterdam. The Lotteries have transformed a long-vacant office building into the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands (BREEAM Outstanding). Here, from October onwards, the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery will continue their mission for a better world.


Nominees for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 announced

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge has announced the 25 start-ups that have made it through the first stage of the international competition supporting green entrepreneurs. The 25 have been chosen by a panel of experts from 845 applications to be considered for the top prize of €500,000 to develop their sustainable business.


Dorine Manson has been appointed managing director of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery). She has left VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (the Dutch Council for Refugees), where she has been director and later chair of the board for the past eight years. The position of managing director at the Lotteries fell vacant after Marieke van Schaik recently announced that she would start work as the new director of the Dutch Red Cross.


844 green start-ups have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another €200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. The other three finalists also win €100,000. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities.


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  12. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
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